Vancouver-based Canadian film and television production company, Red Cedar Films has a unique premise with its protagonist being a first-generation European immigrant. German-born Henrik Meyer left his successful career in Europe behind and went west. His solely owned company Red Cedar Films serves as the most western outpost for European producers in Canada.
Red Cedar Films engages in international co-productions or co-ventures; it develops Canadian as well as international feature films and television programs; and it facilitates production services for European and especially German-speaking partners in Canada.
Henrik Meyer immigrated to Canada in 2004 after helming the Studio Hamburg subsidiary Letterbox as its inaugural president and producing artistically as well as commercially successful feature films and television movies. His last film in Germany was Margarethe von Trotta’s Venice-contender Rosenstrasse and his first Canadian film was Douglas Coupland’s Everything’s Gone Green. He is a Canadian citizen since 2011.
Red Cedar’s completed international projects include the German/Canadian period feature film Gold (showcased in the 2013 Berlinale competition); the multi-award winning First Nations coming-of-age feature film Shana - The Wolf's Music (a 2014 Swiss/Canadian treaty co-production); and the TV service production Our Dream of Canada aka. Vancouver Bay (a mini-series for Bavaria Studios aired on German ARD network in early 2016).
The company currently develops a diverse range of feature films and television programs, including sci-fi thriller Blue 8 with young Canadian writer Sang Woo Kim, mystery drama Rupert with German director Miguel Alexandre and producer Carsten Kelber of Talpa Fiction, and transformational drama series Dying to be Max with Canadian writers Penny Gummerson and Michael St. John Smith.
Red Cedar Films is a member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA) and is named after the official tree of the province of British Columbia, or the Tree of Life of the indigenous Coast Salish People who were also called the Cedar People.
Henrik Meyer and an ancient Western Red Cedar close to his home in Vancouver, BC